So this Halloween I finally got Ben to do a couples costume, how exciting (for me). I am certain he agreed based on two things; first he could just wear his own clothes, and second he saw how much time I had already put in to the fox masks. Now that I know the recipe, I will take laziness and guilt, throw it into a bucket of festivities and bake a cake of awesome couples Halloween costumes every year!
Allow me to introduce to you our Fantastic Mr. (and Mrs.) Fox, costumes...
To make the masks, I used your basic newspaper shreds and flour/water solution, applied layer after layer, and cheated by blowdrying it. I also have to admit that I cheated (in a big way) by taking advantage of the fact that I have a giant ceramic wolf head. Sorry, but not sorry. You have to use what you got, ladies and gents.
Ben was very lovely and helped me by painting his mask; it was really in his best interest because at that point I still had to sew my dress. I did still have to take a little (totally overwhelming) walk around the block, but we made it through.
If your not familiar with Fantastic Mr. Fox, you really should be. It's a sweet stop- motion animation flick that Wes Anderson adapted from Roald Dahl's novel. Although I haven't actually read a lot of Roald Dahl, I would say I do have a fondness for him. He writes of whimsy and darkness simultaneously, and I can't wait to really get into some Dahl this fall!